Jeff Bemiss is an Oscar-shortlisted writer/director who has worked in shorts, features and documentaries. His work has aired on PBS and network television. He is currently co-directing MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY, a feature documentary about the missing migrant crisis in South Texas, executive produced by Abigail Disney/Fork Films and Engel Entertainment. It is an ITVS Co-Production with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and will air on Independent Lens. Jeff recently directed a half-hour dramatic web series pilot, DREAM HOUSE, based on a screenplay by David Lally. Jeff also wrote and directed THE BOOK AND THE ROSE, which won 27 awards internationally and was one of ten semi-finalists for the Academy Award for Best Short Film.
Jeff shot and directed the award-winning short documentary COACHING COLBURN about a young man with Fragile-X Syndrome, which premiered at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Originally trained in scripted filmmaking, Jeff co-wrote the feature screenplay A LONG TOMORROW, a time travel drama based on a story by literary sci-fi author Jack Finney (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Time and Again). When not making films, Jeff freelances for disability and social activist clients, for whom he has had the pleasure of interviewing world renowned research scientists and legendary civil rights leaders.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Southern California film school and the L.A. Sanford Meisner Academy. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor in film production at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is a Connecticut Arts Fellow and a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow.